September 2016
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     NGCP Fourteenth Anniversary!  
In September of 2002, NGCP leadership received funding from the National Science Foundation. We began serving educators in the Pacific Northwest providing networking and professional development opportunities, developed the Program Directory which has grown and transitioned to The Connectory, and saw the power of collaboration when programs received small amounts of seed funding to leverage resources.
Fourteen years later, Collaboratives are serving 40 states that are working together to provide more opportunities for girls to engage in STEM activities. The NGCP collaborative model is transforming the way educators work to advance the participation of girls in STEM. More than 16.35 million girls (and 8.5 million boys) are served by programs participating in the NGCP network.
How has NGCP helped you increase your collaboration? Join us as we celebrate the power of  _NGCP14Yrs collaboration "NGCP style" using the hashtag #NGCP14Yrs. 
Australian Flag National Girls Collaborative Project in Australia
Karen Peterson, CEO for NGCP, travelled to Australia in August to collaborate with educators during Australia's National Science Week. Hosted by the University of Southern Queensland, Karen shared the NGCP collaborative model. Visit NGCP's Storify page to view photos, social media coverage, and see the various workshops and presentations that were part of Peterson's visit.

NGCP Webinar: The Importance of a Growth Mindset: Action Steps for Educators
September 21, 2016; 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific (1:00-2:00 PM Eastern)
Having a growth mindset can lead to big changes in our educational system. Access to education for everyone depends on the shift from a fixed to a a growth mindset. In this conversation, we will discuss the effects that micromessages can have on underrepresented youth mindset and talk about steps we can take to be more inclusive in STEM education and careers. We will further discuss key issues and barriers that affect underrepresented youths' access to and persistence in STEM. We will continue to examine barriers and discuss the importance of a growth mindset. 
NGCP Webinar: Lessons Learned for Effective Evaluation of Girl-Serving CS Programming
September 29, 2016; 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific (1:00-2:00 PM Eastern)
Participants will hear from girl-serving programs about what they learned from participating in the Computer Science Outreach Program Evaluation Network (CS OPEN) led by Google and NGCP. Twelve computer science programs focused on serving girls engaged in a year-long community REGISTER of learning and left with both theoretical and practical skills. This informational webinar will focus on exemplary practices in non-profit program surveying and evaluation.

Do You See Your Students in Future STEM Careers?
NGCP is pleased to be collaborating with the Educational Research Center of America, Destination Imagination, and National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity on a research project focused on high school students' perceptions of STEM careers. In previous research, we found that the majority of STEM students (51%) saw their STEM courses as "extremely" or "very important" to their future careers. Our ultimate objective is to stimulate a dialogue on career pathways among parents, teachers, and students. If you are a high school educator, you may receive a package of student surveys and instructions related to this research effort. We encourage you to have your students complete the surveys so their perceptions and experiences will be included. To receive the surveys fill out out a simple on-line form or email to make sure you are on the list. Thank you for your participation!

Guest Blog Post: If I Could Write the Headlines for STEM
Karen Peterson, CEO for NGCP, explains on the National Math + Science Initiative blog why we need to rewrite the STEM headlines and why we must collaborate inside and outside of the classroom to expand access to STEM learning and exploration.

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Arkansas Girls STEM Collaborative Kick-Off Event
Little Rock, AR
September 9, 2016, 9:00-11:00 AM Central
Connect, communicate, and collaborate at the Arkansas Girls STEM Collaborative Kick-Off event as they launch a statewide initiative to increase girls' involvement in STEM. Participants will hear a panel of empowered women relay their experiences as accomplished females in STEM fields and explore ways Arkansans can ensure more girls see the same success. Program managers, guidance counselors, business partners, technical professionals, K-12 teachers, parents, representatives from professional organizations, and higher education are invited. Register.

SciGirls Full Day Workshop
Waco, TX; September 17, 2016
SciGirls Educator Training integrates inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Educators attending SciGirls Training will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM; experience hands-on STEM activities; and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM. Register.

SciGirls Educator Training at WSKG Public Media
Vestal, NY; January 16, 2017
Participants will learn how to engage students in STEM through PBS Kids SciGirls. SciGirls Training integrates inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Educators (working with 4th-8th grade students) attending SciGirls Training will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM; experience hands-on STEM activities; and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM. Register.

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NGCP Collaborative Mini-Grants
NGCP mini-grants are designed to build collaboration between programs and resources. Mini-grant application resources, including a sample application, exemplary practices, project ideas, and frequently asked questions are available online. Open and closing dates are listed below with more information available on Collaborative websites.

Blue Swirl  Kentucky Girls Collaborative Project: Open 08/15/16 - Close 09/16/16
The FabFems Spotlight highlights women from the FabFems Role Model Directory. FabFems are enthusiastic about the science and technology work they do and want to inspire a future generation of FabFems. Search the Role Model Directory to find FabFems in your area. We benefit from role models at all stages of our lives. 
Maria Artunduaga FabFem
Maria Artunduaga 

Meet Maria Artunduaga. A Colombian-born award-winning physician-scientist and innovator; Maria is finishing a master in public health at the University of Washington's Department of Global Health. She has a strong interest in social justice, leadership and policy development, and has experience in mixed-method research, global surgery, mobile technology and international medical education. Maria is actively involved with organizations that promote women and underrepresented minorities in STEM, serves as a role model/mentor for the National Science Foundation and the American Association of University Women. To learn more about Maria visit her profile.
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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference
Austin, TX; September 14-17, 2016
The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to promote and celebrate diversity. This year's theme is "Diversity Matters!" Register.

Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference
Tampa, FL; September 24-27, 2016
The ASTC is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. The Preliminary Conference Program is available and sessions are available to browse in an interactive online conference schedule. Register.

Latina Power in STEM Conference
Glendale, CA; October 1, 2016
Designed to inspire middle and high school Latinas and other interested female students to pursue and thrive in STEM career pathways, this free conference includes STEM focused workshops for students, teachers, counselors, and parents. Participants will have the opportunity to experience hands-on activites (e.g. coding, robotics), as well as a special STEM professional Q & A session facilitated by TECHNOLOchicas. Register.

National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Conference
Indianapolis, IN; October 5-7, 2016
The NCPN Conference provides an opportunity for secondary and post-secondary educators and members of industry to network and share best practices. This year's theme is "Building Your Career Pathways SYSTEM." Register.

I ISEA Logo SEA STEM Expo 2016 
Branson, MO; October 9-11, 2016
The International STEM Education Association (ISEA) supports STEM Educators in the K-12 classroom and promotes STEM Education as the cornerstone of innovation and excellence in educational experiences that are imperative for success in the technological world of today and tomorrow. This year's keynote speaker will be NGCP National Champions Board member Olivia Pavco-Giaccia. Register 

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference  
Houston, TX; October 19-21, 2016
This year the Conference is putting a greater focus on diversity and will feature leading technical speakers, career development sessions, a poster session, a hackathon and the industry's largest career fair for women in computing. Register.

Lights on Afterschool 2016 Lights On Afterschool
Nationwide; October 20, 2016
Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool draws attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do, and poetry. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs. Visit the Lights On Afterschool website to get event ideas, register an event, access planning tools, and find an event in your area.

National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning
Seattle, WA; October 24-26, 2016
Co-hosted by the National Summer Learning Association and School's Out Washington, this event will bring together the nation's top thinkers to share and discuss the partnerships, policies, and programs that are breaking down traditional notions of when and where learning occurs. This year's theme is "Dare to Disrupt! The Pathway to Equity and Excellence in Education." Register.

Society of Women Engineers: WE16
Philadelphia, PA; October 27-29, 2016
WE16 offers professionals, collegiates, and employers an opportunity to network, meet role models and mentors, find new talent, provide professional development to current employees and support women in engineering and technology. Register

STEMtech Conference
Philadelphia, PA; November 6-9, 2016
STEMtech conference brings the best of STEM, analytics, big data, advanced technology, and learning management architecture. Participants will have the opportunity to share and explore research, best practices, and new ideas. Tracks include: Using Analytics to Recruit, Retain, and Transition Students, Advances in E-Learning, and Integration of STEM and the Liberal Arts. Early bird registration deadline is October 7, 2016. Register.
The Connectory Spotlight highlights programs and opportunities in The Connectory. The Connectory is a free online collaboration tool for STEM program providers to find partners based on interests as well as a platform to showcase STEM opportunities to families. A survey released at the start of summer found that "More than 1 in 3 parents believe it is easier to understand the U.S. electoral process than their child's math homework."

Since math is a key component in STEM learning, this month we are highlighting a great program that organizes volunteers to provide kids with free math tutoring. Heart Math Tutoring's mission is to ensure that all Charlotte, North Carolina, elementary students have the foundational math skills and enthusiasm for academics needed to be successful. This "math intervention program" recruits and trains volunteers to work in Title I schools as tutors.

Heart Math Tutoring Logo Heart Math's Weekly Tutoring provides a fun way to build relationships with Charlotte students while delivering academic skills crucial to their success. Volunteers make a weekly commitment of one hour (M-F early morning or midday) and are paired with a student who is struggling in elementary math. Each volunteer is given an effective, hands-on curriculum that targets his/her student's individual learning needs and builds foundational number sense that will support higher levels of learning and allow the student to progress with his/her class. Little to no prep is required, and all training is administered within the weekly hour commitment.

Join The Connectory to collaborate with STEM programs and promote your upcoming STEM opportunities to families. Opportunities are visible publicly to families. Programs are visible to other STEM providers. And thanks to our partnership with VolunteerMatch, you can link your accounts and recruit volunteers to grow your non-profit STEM program, by taking advantage of our new Volunteer Listings page.
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STEM ResourcesResources
The Franklin Institute Logo LEAP into Science
The Franklin Institute Science Museum has partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia and 25 other museum, library, and community partners nationwide in a program called LEAP into Science, which pairs hands-on science experiences with children's books. Watch their new instructional videos for informal science facilitators about engaging children in science and literacy learning. Sign up to the contact list to receive more information.

National Hispanic Heritage Month
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th - October 15, 2016), here are some resources that serve to promote Latino(a) students in STEM:

Latinas in STEM: Primary purpose is to spread awareness about STEM and inspire and encourage middle and high school Latinas, especially within underserved communities, to strongly consider pursuing a STEM career. Latinas in STEM educates students as well as parents so they may be better positioned to support their daughters. Secondary purpose is to help Latinas thrive in college and careers through mentorship, networking, and recognition.

Noche de Ciencias - Family Science Nights: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) student and professional chapters across the U.S. and Puerto Rico engage their local communities with activities for K-12 students and informative bilingual workshops for their parents. The goal of Noche De Ciencias is to provide access and awareness of STEM fields in order to broaden the participation of Hispanics along all segments of the science and engineering pathway. Find a chapter in your region.

TECHNOLOchicas: Designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology. TECHNOLOchicas features powerful stories of Latinas from diverse backgrounds and environments who share a passion for technology and its power to change the world.

NCWIT Logo NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at national and local levels, serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases. Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. Applications deadline is November 7, 2016.

Global ResourcesGlobal
Global Collaboration Day 2016 Global Collaboration Day
September 15, 2016
Global educators and professionals will host connective projects and events and invite public participation. The primary goals of Global Collaboration Day are to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning, and universities around the world, as well as introduce tools, resources, and projects that are available to educators. Visit the Global Collaboration Day website for resources and to view online listing of events.

Character Day
September 22, 2016
Character Day is a global day where students and educators from around the world screen short films on the science of social and emotional learning and character development from different perspectives. Kids, families, and educators explore free discussion materials and resources while joining an online global conversation around character, focusing on who they are, who they want to be in the world, and how to develop character strengths (resilience, grit, empathy, courage, and kindness) rooted in evidence-based research.

Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference
Erie, PA; October 12-15, 2016
FIE is an international conference focusing on educational innovations and research in engineering and computing education. This year's theme is "The Crossroads of Engineering and Business." Conference will include an NCWIT panel titled "Teaching Teachers to Teach Diverse Students in Computer Science: Content and Resources for In-person and Online Delivery". Register.
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